Monthly Archives: August 2022

RACHEL MAXANN/ NÉSTOR ÁLVAREZ: Those Familiar Shadows/ Michele’s Theme (Vinyl 7″)

RACHEL MAXANN/ NÉSTOR ÁLVAREZ: Those Familiar ShadowsThe latest single from the Original Gravity stable is this one featuring an A-side, Those Familiar Shadows, from Rachel Maxann (last seen on You Gotta Set Me Free) with a B-side from Nestor Alvarez. And it’s the very definition of soul-jazz sophistication. Maxann delivers a smouldering vocal over a subtle and languorous groove and before you know it, you’re sporting a dinner jacket
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SURPRISE CHEF: Money Music

SURPRISE CHEF:  Money MusicSomething that got missed in the holiday rush at MB Towers was the latest single by Surprise Chef in the run-up to the release of their Education & Recreation LP on Big Crown Records. That’ll be Money Music then, a mellow slice of soundtrack funk – as is the band’s modus operandi. It begins with an blaxploitation-esque drum break before the vibraphone and piano kick in and we suddenly
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KIDDING: R U Kidding? (Vinyl 7″)

KIDDING:  R U Kidding? (Vinyl 7So here’s the debut vinyl 7″ from German funk quartet Kidding entitled R U Kidding? with B-side Am I Kidding?. Are they kidding? Nope – this is two tight slices of Hammond funk right here. The A-side is the brisker of the two, featuring scorching Hammond licks and reminiscent of early Cookin On 3 Burners material. While slower, the flip is certainly no slouch of a track and drenched
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KRASH SLAUGHTA: K.R.E.A M. b/w P.L.O. Style (Vinyl 7″)

KRASH SLAUGHTA: K.R.E.A M. b/w P.L.O. StyleRating: ★★★★★ Sometimes things are so hot they burn a hole in your pocket. Like the new Krash Slaughta 45. Maybe people should put some C.R.E.A.M. on that or, more accurately, K.R.E.A.M.. Yes, that does stand for Krash Rules Everything Around Me (see what he did there?) – another superb Krash Slaughta outing and another superb outing for an evergreen Wu-Tang acapella
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BIG BOSS MAN: Juju Funk (Vinyl 7″)

BIG BOSS MAN:  Juju Funk (Vinyl 7Some people think they can jive Big Boss Man but you know they must be crazy because BBM are all about the voodoo on the first of two forthcoming 45s. And if you’re an MB regular you’ll know the B-side of the first 45 is entitled Baron Samedi whereas the just leaked A-side is entitled Juju Funk. As you might expect from the title (and as Baron Samedi showed), the band
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DJ DSK: DNA Edits Vol. 7 (Vinyl 7″)

DJ DNA:  Edits Vol. 7Who’s this with DNA Edits Vol. 7 then? Why, it’s DJ DSK of course – what with editing being in his, er, DNA after all. But what delights does he have for us this August? Well, first up is Creep. Nope, not a re-version of the Radiohead depress-fest but rather one of the track of the same name by 90s R&B-ers TLC. Perhaps uncharacteristically, for a remix, this one doesn’t attempt to ‘go larger’ than
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FREEDUST: My New Sunglasses (Remixes)

FREEDUST:  My New Sunglasses (Remixes) When the sun’s out there are few pleasures finer than stepping out while rocking a new pair of sunglasses, are there? Freedust know this of course, as MB readers will be aware from coverage of their New Sunglasses single from February last year when it was anything but sunny – in the northern hemisphere at least. Four others who also know this are Mako & Mr Bristow
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FOLD: Take It All Back

FOLD: Take It All BackPeople shout long and loud when populist bigots get into power but much less so at the complacency and lazy corruption (the ‘light touch of self-regulation’, anyone?) which creates the breeding ground for snake oil-selling politicians in eras preceding or following times of bigotry. Ever aware of this, Fold have launched new single Take It All Back, which is about ‘reconciling our stories
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THE ALLERGIES: Vamonos feat. ANDY COOPER & MARIETTA SMITH (Vinyl 7″)

THE ALLERGIES: Vamonos feat. ANDY COOPER & MARIETTA SMITHThe dream-team is back then, as The Allergies team-up with Andy Cooper and Marietta Smith to launch Vamonos, their first drop in quite some time – since November if the monkey remembers correctly. Vamonos? Oh what – Spanish for ‘Let’s go’? Precisely. And given the time of year, it would make sense if this was a ‘going on holiday’ song. It is! Well, what are the chances? Naturally with a
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LEHTO: Lovers

LEHTO: LoversIt’s been a while since the monkey heard of anything from the camp of Mr David Hanke a.k.a. Renegades Of Jazz a.k.a. Keno but here he is in yet another incarnation as Lehto with an original slice of soulful breakbeat music, Lovers. It begins in a glorious blissed-out state of grace, then gets all fired up when the drums kick in, has its moody bits, then its loud bits again and then finally
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